”Busy” and ”Productive” are two very different ways of being and of relating to time. I am pretty sure you know what I mean! How often do you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and like you are chasing time and never catching up? That’s being (and feeling) busy!
On the other hand, there are also days when items on your to-do list are accomplished one after the next. That’s when you’re optimizing your productivity. It feels great, doesn’t it?
Busy to Productive
So how do you transform being Busy into being Productive?
It may seem counter-intuitive (and it can definitely be difficult to put into practice), but when you are your most stressed and ‘busy’ is when you need to slow down. Pausing to catch your breath and get your feet back under you is like letting the dust settle.
Even after a few minutes, you feel more in touch with yourself, your priorities become clearer. When you move ahead again, it’s with surer purpose and more focused energy.
This enables you to be productive and spend your precious time more wisely. In a matter of a few minutes, your time is transformed. Your energy feels different, and the proof is in what you are then able to accomplish.
Let Go of Being Busy to Claim Your Power
For many of us, being busy can be part of our identity. So, ironically, letting go of this trait, even though it is unproductive, can feel quite difficult. It takes discipline to pause in the midst of overwhelm, breathe deeply, and allow yourself to take charge of your time, rather than chased by it.
You don’t have to let being busy define and constrain you. Having the insight to recognize when being busy is undermining your productivity is the first step. Then having the courage and discipline to stop in your tracks and transform all of that frantic energy – now THAT is what Finding Time is all about!
© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.